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May 11, 2013

Suspect in rape of teen captured

Haskell-area manhunt lasts about 24 hours

— A registered sex offender who allegedly raped a teenage girl inside a mobile home in Haskell was arrested Friday.

Gary Lee Honeycutt, 48, was arrested in Wagoner County after a 24-hour search, Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office investigator Roy Banks said.

Honeycutt allegedly held a knife to the girl’s throat just after midnight Thursday, raped her and told her that if she told anyone, he’d kill her and her father, Banks said.

After Honeycutt went to work Thursday, the girl told her father, who called the Haskell police. Muskogee County Deputy Eddie Walker went to Haskell, and the search for Honeycutt began.

Honeycutt was arrested Friday in Wagoner County, but not before sheriff’s office investigators and members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force spent much of Thursday searching for him. Banks said that after Honeycutt realized he was wanted, he phoned family members to say he was driving around country roads in the Haskell area after taking blood pressure medicine and rat poison and was just “waiting to die.”

On Friday, Honeycutt was calling family members again, Banks said. This time, fugitive task force members tracked him to a mobile home in Wagoner County. He  was taken to a hospital before he was arrested and booked into Muskogee County/City Detention Center.

He’s set to return to court at 3 p.m. Monday to have a bond set.

Honeycutt was released from prison Sept. 1, 2012, on a conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Muskogee County. He also served nearly 14 years in prison for a 1998 first-degree rape conviction out of Sequoyah County.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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